AS we have reported and predicted on Zapsportz for some time, Mesut Ozil is prepared to commit his future to Arsenal Football Club.
We believe Alexis Sanchez will do likewise, but our sources tell us Olivier Giroud will be leaving the club after a five-year stay. Everton and West Ham are monitoring his situation.
Ozil maintains he is happy at the Emirates, and in London, and says ‘it is definitely my preference to stay’.
Sanchez, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Manchester City – but Arsene Wenger is reluctant to sell to a title rival.
Chilean international Sanchez said recently he had made a decision about his own future but is yet to reveal his intentions.
We understand Sanchez is looking forward to playing alongside new record signing Alexandre Lacazette and will stay at the Emirates. For another year at least.
He is desperate to win trophies and, given Arsenal’s dip into transfer waters, he feels he has the best chance yet of helping the Gunners challenge for the title.
The decision of Arsene Wenger to hang around has had a big influence on the players he wants – and the new talent he wants to bring in.
Ozil, meanwhile, will discuss his future plans with Arsenal chiefs when the club returns from their pre-season tour of Australia and China. But the signs look good for Gunner’s fans.
His current contract runs out next summer so now is the time for Arsenal to offer him a new deal and keep him away from the clutches of a host of top European clubs.
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40583671 – the German international said: “It is definitely my preference to stay.”
“Once everyone is back in London, we will sit down and discuss the future. I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.”
Wenger has said he is keen to hold on to Sanchez, and talks will be held when the squad returns from the Far East.